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Old 02-10-12, 11:25 AM
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New to cycling and need some input

Hello everyone! I am looking to get into cycling as I would like to eventually work my way into an Ironman competition. Currently I'm a marathon runner and have two races left in the next month. Yet, I'm looking to make a transition into triathlons and need to purchase a bike. Currently I am saving up money to purchase a bike in 4-6 months. Yet I'm tempted to purchase a used bike off of craiglist until I have enough money to buy a nicer and newer bike. I'm going to post a link to a craiglist ad for a bike that is tempting at the current moment. This would only be temporary bike and I would like to give it to my brother afterwards. Some specs on myself: 5'9.5", 170lbs, 22yrs. Being new to cycling I would like some advice in regards to the bike and if its a good deal, possible right fit, and the bikes overall quality. I know much can't be said for a bike until it's seen in person but I was just wondering before I made the drive to go see it.

Thanks for your help,
Preston

https://sarasota.craigslist.org/bik/2816707945.html
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Old 02-10-12, 11:26 AM
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BUY it

(EDIT) Looks a little small to be a 56. If it's in good shape it may be all the bike you need.
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If you have the money to get a used and new bike then at least you would have a decent use bike to maybe bum around in or use if the other is in the shop etc. If buying the used bike is going to force you to buy a cheaper new bike then I would wait and not buy the used bike. Of course if you decide to buy a used bike take someone with you if you don't know how to look for frame or wheel damage.
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If it's really a 56, it might be big for you but if it fits, I'd buy it.
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I am the same size as you and I ride on a 53cm bike. The price looks good, but I think it may be a bit too big. If you really have no experience cycling, I might suggest starting out with a road bike first and then getting a tri bike.
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